Marcha 23, 2018

Samajwadi Party consolidates leads over BJP!

14 Marcha 2018, 09:18 | Crisanna Felipe

UP byelection 2018 result: Big jolt for Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypolls

Gorakhpur counting underway

In the latest by election to Uttar Pradesh's Phulpur and Gorakhpur, the Samajwadi Party (SP) niminees defeated the BJP candidates by handsome margins. He switched over to the BJP in the following election and mentored Adityanath, who took over in his stead, winning the seat for the first time in 1998. "As far as, Congress is concerned, we are committed to re-building the party in UP, and it does not happen overnight".

Samajwadi Party registers big win in Phulpur, Nagendra Patel wins by 59,613 votes. As per early trends, the BJP is behind the Samjawadi Party in both constituencies. The BJP was beaten by the Samajwadi Party, which, for the first time since the early 1990s, had the support of its arch-rival, the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Counting of votes for Phulpur lok sabha constituency commenced at Mundera Mandi of Allahabad amdist tight security.

"They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground", he said, explaining why the voters appeared to have turned away against the BJP so dramatically in these two seats since the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.

In 2014, the combined vote share of the SP-BSP alliance (39%) was way less than BJP's 52% in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awami Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi celebrates after RJD party's success in Araria and Jehanabad Assembly elections in Patna on Wednesday.

SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad wrested the Gorakhpur seat by defeating BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by over 21,000 votes.

The message for 2019 was clear as the Samajwadi Party dedicated the wins to BSP supremo Mayawati.

Reacting on the SP-BSP alliance, he said that this was political opportunism. "Low voter turnout - 42% in Gorakhpur and 37 % in Phulpur - affected the result in the two seats".

Both of them had won their seats by margins of over 3,00,000 votes. This incident was raised in the ongoing sessions in both Uttar Pradesh Assembly and in Lok Sabha by the opposition parties.

Ajay Kumar, Congress Legislature Party leader, said, "Despite court order regarding DM in an illegal mining case, the way the Chief Minister allowed him to continue as DM showed the actual intention of the Chief Minister". Maurya alleged that while BSP-SP announced support, even Congress, which had fielded its candidates gave indirect support to the SP candidate. Losing such a seat reflects how the BJP is being marginalized in the largest Indian state.

Leaders of 20 opposition parties on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a broader strategy to tackle the ruling BJP in Parliament and in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at a dinner hosted at her residence by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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